Across the UK from January to February 2022

After years working as a film critic at publications like Cahiers du Cinéma, along with peers such as Jean-Luc Godard and Eric Rohmer, Truffaut became one of the most significant directors of the French New Wave of the 1950s and 1960s. This seminal movement, which revolutionised filmmaking with its preference both for a playful approach to narrative and for shooting on location, would go on to influence the ambitions and practice of many filmmakers of the 60s, 70s and beyond, while countless filmmakers, from Steven Spielberg and Bong Joon-ho to Greta Gerwig and Wes Anderson, continue to hold Truffaut’s work in high esteem.

This major retrospective will include re-releases of The 400 Blows and Jules et Jim, a two-month season at BFI Southbank, a collection of films on BFI player, partner seasons at cinemas – including Edinburgh Filmhouse and Ciné Lumière – and BFI Blu-ray releases later in Spring 2022.

More details will follow, with tickets for the BFI Southbank season on sale 9 December 2021.

Features

François Truffaut: 10 essential films

By David Parkinson

François Truffaut: 10 essential films

10 great French New Wave films

By Samuel Wigley

10 great French New Wave films

How they did love: Emmanuel Laurent on Godard and Truffaut

How they did love: Emmanuel Laurent on Godard and Truffaut